Difference between Challan and Return



It is a one page form used to pay tax

It contains details of tax paid (more than one page)

It is done first

It is done later

Challan is deposited with Bank along with cash/cheque/net banking

(either offline or online)

Return is deposited with concerned Tax Dept.

(either offline or online)


While depositing any return, it should be ensured that tax payable is 0.

(i.e. all tax which is due has been paid in challan) In return details of challan are also mentioned.

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CA Maninder Singh is a Chartered Accountant for the past 14 years. He also provides Accounts Tax GST Training in Delhi, Kerala and online.